When you enroll in our program with any level of user account, or when a user has their information processed by AHS, we process personal data (such as name, email address, job title, and school) so that we can correctly administer your account and provide you with the best customer service. All personal data we process is directly linked to a specific purpose, such as requesting access to our academic content database.
We endeavor to keep your personal data safe and secure at all times. Depending on the AHS solution used, personal data is normally processed in both Europe and in the United States with robust technical and organizational safeguards in place to protect such personal data. Passwords are required to access your personal data, so please remember to keep your password confidential. Even with the best security systems, it is impossible to guarantee 100% protection from hackers and unauthorized third parties who capture information provided over public networks.
When user information is submitted to AHS, it is secured in our secured in a database of licensed software gathering programs, that are further protected by a secure server. AHS also maintains a separate repository of users information.
As a global company, one area of ongoing debate and development concerns the mechanisms put in place to monitor cross-border data transfers. AHS is fully committed to going through any reviews and certifications needed to meet new rules and requirements, no matter how complex. We have recently undergone an external audit to ensure that we uphold best practices for data privacy and protection and meet our customers’ evolving needs.
California residents have certain rights with respect to their personal information, as described below. Before we may fulfill your requests, we are required by law to verify your identity in order to prevent unauthorized access to your data.
Education Platform: In the case of rights requests in relation to our education platforms, this may require us to confirm your identity with your education institution.
Website: In the case of rights requests in relation to our website, this may require us to confirm your identity by asking you to verify certain information previously provided by you, or other methods as practicable.
WE DO NOT AND WILL NOT SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH OUR EDUCATION PLATFORMS.
Right to Know and Access Information: You may access information we maintain about you using the methods provided below. If we grant your request, we will provide you with a copy of the personal information we maintain about you in the ordinary course of business. This may include what personal information we collect, use, or disclose about you. We may not fulfill some or all of your request to access as permitted by applicable law.
Deletion of Information: You may request that we delete your personal information. Depending on the scope of your request, we may refrain from granting your request, as permitted by applicable law. For example, we may be legally required to retain your information in our business records. You may submit a deletion request using the methods provided below.
Authorized Agent: California residents may use an authorized agent on their behalf to exercise a privacy right discussed above. If you are an authorized agent acting on behalf of a California resident to communicate with us or to exercise a privacy right discussed above, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite authorization to act on behalf of the resident and have sufficient access to their laptop, desktop, or mobile device to exercise these rights digitally. If you are an authorized agent trying to exercise rights on behalf of a AHS user, please contact us at the contact information below with supporting verification information, which includes a valid Power of Attorney in the State of California, proof that you have access to the consumer’s interface, and proof of your own identify.
Please note that your exercise of the above rights is subject to certain exemptions to safeguard the public interest (e.g., the prevention or detection of crime) and our interests (e.g., the maintenance of legal privilege). We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. Requests to exercise these rights may be granted in whole, in part, or not at all, depending on the scope and nature of the request and applicable law. Where required by applicable law, we will notify you if we reject your request and notify you of any reasons we are unable to honor your request.
|Categories of Personal Information we collect||Depending on how you use our platforms, we may collect some or all of the following: • Identifiers such as a real name, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, and, if you are the purchaser, your billing address • Personal information limited to your name under subdivision (e) of California Business and Professions Code Section 1798.80 • Internet or other electronic network activity information regarding your interaction with our platforms. • Education information, defined as information that is not publicly available personally identifiable information as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99).||• Online identifier, Internet Protocol address, • Personal information limited to your name under subdivision (e) of California Business and Professions Code Section 1798.80 • Internet or other electronic network activity information related to your use of our website • Inferences drawn from your use of our website to create a profile reflecting your interests in our products. • If you choose to schedule a call with AHS, we will collect Identifiers such as a real name, work email, phone number. • If you choose to send us an inquiry regarding our products, we will collect your professional or employment related information, such as your job title, institution name.|
|Categories of sources from which the Personal Information is collected||We collect the Personal Information directly from you or from your educational institution.||We collect the Personal Information directly from you.|
|Categories of third parties with whom we share Personal Information||We do not share your Personal Information with “third parties” as the term is defined in CCPA. That is, we do not share your Personal Information with individuals or organizations to use for their own commercial purposes.||We may share your Personal Information – specifically your IP address, device ID or similar online identifier, with certain third parties, such as social networks and advertising networks. This information is used to personalize advertising you see after you’ve visited our website.|
|Specific pieces of Personal Information we have collected||The Customer’s primary account representative: first and last name, email address and institution name and billing address. Teachers: first and last name, email address, IP Address, device ID. Students: first and last name, email address, IP Address, device ID||Internet Protocol address, device ID • Internet or other electronic network activity information, including, but not limited to, browsing history, search history, and information regarding a consumer’s interaction with our website. • If you choose to provide it: first and last name, work email, phone number|
This Usage Policy outlines the legal terms and conditions governing use of this website and any other site provided by American High School, LLC (“AHS”). We refer to the collective sites run by AHS as the “Site.”
*** By using our site(s) and related services, you agree to be bound by law to these terms and conditions. If you do not agree, please leave this site. ***
These terms and conditions are in addition to any other agreement you may have with AHS, including any agreement governing your use or your organization’s use of AHS products or services (e.g. the AHS Registration Agreement).
If there is a conflict between these terms and conditions and any other separate agreement, the separate agreement shall govern, except that in relation to personal data issues the GDPR section of this document shall at all times apply.
At a high level, we’re asking you to agree to please use our site(s) and services for their intended purpose and do not violate any laws or allow anyone else to use our sites for illegal activity (i.e. fraud, spam, defamation, distributing viruses, or any other socially unacceptable conduct).
The Legal Agreement
By agreeing to these terms, AHS grants you a nonexclusive license to use the Site for your personal, non-commercial use. You agree to NOT use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms and conditions.
If you breach any of these terms and conditions, you will no longer be authorized to use the Site.
We suggest that you keep a copy of these terms and conditions for your future reference. Please note that we may revise these terms and conditions at any time, and it is your responsibility to periodically read through these Terms and Conditions and know that when you use the Site, you are bound by the most current Terms and Conditions.
For your convenience, we have made our policies and terms available on our homepage and at every point where we request your personal information.
The Site is owned and operated by AHS. All of the associated services, content, data, information, and other materials on or directly accessible from the Site are also owned by AHS or its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, and/or vendors. The Site is protected by United States and international copyright and trademark laws. Any copies that you make of material or other content provided through the Site must contain the same copyright and other proprietary notices that appear with the material or content. Any rights not expressly granted by these Terms and Conditions or any other agreement with AHS are reserved by AHS and/or its vendors and licensors.
If you are a student submitting a paper for review in connection with a class you are taking, know that you retain copyright ownership; the content of your paper is used solely for the purpose of performing educational services.
Please note that we vigorously protect all personally identifiable information and any papers submitted to use through the Site and/or our service. Excluding that personal data, any communications or material of any kind that you e-mail, post, or transmit through the Site, such as questions, comments, suggestions, and other data, will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. We’ll refer to this as your “Communications,” which AHS may use, royalty-free, for business purposes, including, but not limited to, the development and use of products.
AHS may (but is not obligated to) monitor areas of the Site for user Communications, such as chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other user forums. Turnitin will have no liability, however, related to the content of any such Communications. Turnitin does retain the right to remove, at its discretion, Communications that include any material deemed abusive, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.
You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to use, surround or enclose any portion of the Site without AHS ‘s express written consent.
This Site is controlled and operated by AHS from its offices within California in the United States of America. It makes no claim that the materials are appropriate for use in other locations. Those who choose to access the Site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local or national laws, if and to the extent local or national laws are applicable.
Any software from this Site is subject to United States export controls and, potentially, the import laws of your jurisdiction. No software from this Site may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported to any person or entity on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Denial Orders or otherwise prohibited by United States export control laws. By downloading or otherwise using Software from this Site in any manner whatsoever, you represent and warrant that you are not on any such list or located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country.
Any use of downloaded software by the U.S. Government, including but not limited to any Educational Institutions under its jurisdiction or under the corresponding States’ jurisdiction, is subject to ‘restricted rights’ as that term is defined in FAR 52.227- 19(c)(2) or DFAR 252.227.7013(c)(1) (if used in a defense related agency).
AHS, LLC and other names of AHS products and/or services including on the Site are the trademarks and service marks of AHS. AHS ‘s trademarks and service marks may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not AHS, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among users, or in any manner that disparages or discredits AHS.
All other trademarks, service marks, and logos used on the Site belong to their respective owners. AHS does not make any claims to the marks of others that might appear on the Site.
Your License to Us
Your Communications: AHS may, but is not obligated to, monitor or review any areas of the Site where user Communications may be made available, including, but not limited to, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other user forums. AHS, however, will have no liability related to the content of any such Communications, whether or not arising under the laws of copyright, defamation, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise. AHS retains the right to remove, in its sole discretion, Communications that include any material deemed abusive, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.
Acceptable Use Policy
So that everyone can enjoy the Site, AHS reserves the right to suspend anyone’s access to the Site who violates this policy and the following provisions. Please do NOT:
AHS reserves the right to disclose information as necessary to satisfy any legal requirement, including regulations, government requests, court orders, or subpoenas. AHS also reserves the right to edit or remove any information, in whole or in part, that it deems objectionable, disruptive to the Site, or in violation of these terms.
We respect and protect all personally identifiable information. External Links
The Site contains hyperlinks to third-party websites. That does not mean that AHS endorses or recommends that site or that third party’s products or resources, nor does it indicate affiliation with or sponsorship of that third party. AHS is not responsible for any software, data, or other information available from any third-party site. When you visit a third-party site, even if it’s linked from AHS, you are responsible for complying with that third party’s terms and conditions of use. You acknowledge that AHS bears no liability for any damage or loss from your access to, use of, or reliance on any third- party site, software, data, or other information.
Accuracy and Integrity of Information
Although AHS makes every attempt to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the Site, it makes no guarantees as to the correctness of the Site. It is possible the Site may include typographical errors, inaccuracies, or other errors, and that unauthorized additions, deletions, and alterations could be made to the Site by third parties. If you find any error, please notify AHS so that it can be corrected. Information contained on the Site may be changed or updated without notice.
THE SITE AND ALL INFORMATION AND SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITH ALL FAULTS, AND “AS AVAILABLE.” AHS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT ANY RESULTS OR COMPARISONS GENERATED BY THE SITE WILL BE COMPLETE OR ACCURATE. AHS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ACCESS TO THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SITE WILL BE CORRECTED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, AHS DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NON-INFRINGEMENT, CONFORMITY TO ANY REPRESENTATION OR DESCRIPTION, MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OF INFORMATION, QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Limitation of Liability
This Site and its services are provided “as is.” AHS does not guarantee that the Site will meet all of your requirements or expectations. There may be errors or interrupted service. To the fullest extent permissible by law, AHS disclaims all representations and warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, non-infringement, conformity to any representation or description, merchantability, quality of information, quiet enjoyment, and fitness for a particular purpose.
IMPORTANT: Neither AHS, nor its licensors or suppliers, will be liable for any loss or damage under any circumstances resulting from use of this Site or associated services. That means that you agree to be responsible for any damage or loss linked to using this Site or AHS services. This limitation does not apply to the extent that it is prohibited by law.
If you are dissatisfied with this Site or related services, please stop using the Site. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
You agree to indemnify and defend AHS from any claim (including attorney fees and costs) arising from your (a) use of the Site, (b) violation of any third-party right, or (c) breach of any of these Terms and Conditions. You agree to cooperate as reasonably required in the defense of any claim. AHS reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification under this section and, in any event, you agree not to settle any such matter without AHS’s prior written consent.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. 512), AHS, LLC is registered with the United States Copyright Office as a Service Provider. Any notifications of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to our Copyright Agent:
Chief Financial Officer American High School, LLC 150 South Pine Island Rd Suite 220
Plantation, Florida 33324
Phone: +1 866-306-0247
AHS respects and works hard to protect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide AHS ‘s Copyright Agent the following information:
Except as provided below, these terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between AHS and you (pertaining to this Site and AHS services).
The parties agree that any and all disputes, claims, or controversies arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions that are not resolved by mutual agreement shall be submitted to final and binding arbitration, pursuant to the United States Arbitration
Act, 9 U.S.C. Sec. 1 et seq. The arbitration shall take place in Broward County, Florida, unless the parties otherwise agree in writing. Within fourteen (14) days thereafter, the arbitrator shall arrive at a final decision, which shall be reduced to writing, signed by the arbitrator, and mailed to each of the parties and their legal counsel. All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final, binding and conclusive on the parties and shall constitute the only method of resolving disputes or matters subject to arbitration pursuant to this the United States Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sec. 1 et seq. The arbitration shall take place in Broward County, Florida, unless the parties otherwise agree in writing. Within fourteen (14) days thereafter, the arbitrator shall arrive at a final decision, which shall be reduced to writing, signed by the arbitrator, and mailed to each of the parties and their legal counsel. All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final, binding and conclusive on the parties and shall constitute the only method of resolving disputes or matters subject to arbitration pursuant to this Agreement; provided, however, nothing shall prohibit the parties from seeking injunctive relief and/or other equitable remedies in a court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrator or a court of appropriate jurisdiction may issue a writ of execution to enforce the arbitrator’s judgment. Judgment may be entered upon such a decision in accordance with applicable law in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
This section applies where the GDPR applies to AHS’s processing of the personal data of data subjects in the EU. References to ‘Articles’ or ‘Chapters’ in this section are to the corresponding Articles or Chapters in the GDPR and italicized terms correspond to the definitions in the GDPR. This section is binding on AHS.
The controller hereby grants to AHS a general written authorization to engage other processors in the provision of the services. AHS shall inform the controller of any intended changes to the processors allowing the controller the right to object to such changes.
The following information applies:
Subject matter of the processing:
Processing of submissions (student or academic papers or proposed published texts) and their associated personal data pursuant to the purpose described below.
Storage of the content of submissions is indefinite unless instructed otherwise by the controller.
Collection, storage, retrieval, use (in the context of text matching functions).
To allow academic institutions / publishers to detect potential plagiarism in the academic / publishing sectors.
Type of personal data:
First name, surname, email address (academic), student ID number (if provided by controller), content.
Categories of data subjects:
Students, account administrators, instructors, authors.
Obligations of the controller:
The controller is obliged to comply with its general obligations under the GDPR, in particular to process the personal data it collects in accordance with Articles 5 and 6, and to comply with Articles 13, 14, 24, 30 and 32, and to comply with any actionable rights of the data subject.
The controller may exercise its rights against the processor under the GDPR, in particular under Articles 28 and 32.
AHS, as processor, confirms that it:
If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
We work with customers all over the world, and your trust is our top priority. We understand that data protection is essential for good customer service. At AHS, LLC, our objective is to operate transparently and consistently with the EU regulatory environment so that you, our valued customers, feel secure and in control.
AHS, LLC, is fully committed to the following practices to protect your data:
We currently meet the most stringent data protection laws across jurisdictions and are proactively reviewing every aspect of how we handle data and investing in operational measures to ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ requirements as data protection rules are reformed.
Today, AHS uses contract clauses to meet varying, specific needs across the European Union (EU) for data privacy and protection. These are standardized contracts to certify that any data that is transferred out of the EU is duly protected. This prevents our customers from having to request any additional authorization to use our service.
We are in good standing with all standards used to ensure that data is fully protected and are able to meet very specific requirements as needed. The steps we take to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of personal data include:
AHS fully and proactively supports the transition to simplified, more uniform application of the law as it applies to data protection in and outside of Europe. Following are some notable changes:
AHS agrees that students should own the copyright to their original work. A common misconception is that students relinquish their ownership rights when they submit assignments to AHS. This simply isn’t true!
Students who submit papers to AHS retain the copyright to the work they created. A copy of submitted papers is retained in a AHS database archive to be compared with future submissions—a practice that helps protect and strengthen copyright ownership.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that archiving student papers to assess the originality of newly-submitted papers constitutes a fair use under the U.S. Copyright Act, provides “a substantial public benefit” and helps protect the papers from being exploited by others. Read the summary judgement.
AHS is committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users and their information. We maintain extremely high levels of privacy and security through the use of SSL encryption, redundant servers, sophisticated firewalls, multiple data centers, and privacy and security audits. With a security system that has never been breached and a student privacy pledge of the highest standards, instructors and students can use Turnitin with an unsurpassed level of confidence.
Students retain the copyright of assignments submitted to AHS. The AHS user agreement entitles AHS to use the works as part of the plagiarism prevention system under the principles of fair use.
AHS archives student papers by default only for the purposes of textual comparison. Institutions may choose to not have their papers archived in the service.
The fair use defense codified in Section 107 of the Copyright Act has been recognized as an “equitable rule of reason.” In considering whether a use is a fair use, courts often analyze whether the use is beneficial to society as a whole (as part of a determination of whether a use is transformative) and whether the user has “clean hands.” The District Court and Fourth Circuit both held that the archiving of student works in the educational context is a fair use. In so holding, the courts did not find that Turnitin’s use of student works was in any respect unethical.
As a US company with high standards for security and privacy, AHS is designed to comply with many of the data protection requirements of other countries, including informed consent, access rights of submitting students, and technical and organizational measures to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of personal data.
Yes. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that the online click-through agreement on the AHS site is an enforceable agreement, even against minors. Parental consent or the consent of a guardian is required for a minor to set up an account with Turnitin and the agreement is therefore binding.
Yes in both cases. If you attend a private school you have agreed to abide by the school’s policies.
With respect to public school, as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has recognized in rejecting four students’ claim that they were improperly compelled to submit their papers to a review service or face a failing grade, “Schools have a right to decide how to monitor and address work submissions in their schools and may employ company employees and policy to help do so.”
AHS integrates with third-party services such as an Educational Testing Service where student information may be shared in order to deliver a part of these services. While AHS does transfer information where necessary to perform the service, no personally identifiable information such as name, email or school is sent by AHS to third-party services.
Yes. AHS is compliant with and helps institutions comply with FERPA, including:
AHS expects and suggests that institutions comply with FERPA’s notice requirements regarding the use and disclosure of directory and non-directory education records so that students and parents are aware that the school may engage services like AHS.
Institutions are free to inspect or audit our services to assure themselves that all information is used only for the purposes of assisting instructors.
Data is kept secure at all times and are only used for purposes of assisting the instructor in assessing the assignment.
Users may submit their paper using a pseudonym and in formats that contain little, if any, identifying metadata. This reduces our chance of collecting and processing personal data.
Yes. The FTC has specifically stated that COPPA’s requirements do not apply to sites that contract with schools to offer online programs for the benefit of the schools and their students, and collect personal information only for these purposes. (FTC COPPA FAQ #55.) Thus, these services are not required to get prior verifiable parental consent before collecting or maintaining personal information. AHS’s services, which include originality checks and online grading, are offered pursuant to AHS’s contracts with school districts, and AHS does not collect personal information for other purposes. The FTC has said that in such circumstances, operators like AHS may presume that the school has authorized the collection of personal information based upon the school having obtained the parents’ consent. Schools often obtain parental consent via Acceptable Use Policies that they provide to students and parents. In addition, COPPA also allows, but does not require, schools to act as agents on behalf of parents and to provide consent for the online collection of a student’s personal information within the school context. (FTC COPPA FAQ #54.)
We are always ready to answer any question or concerns you may have. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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